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Mike Shanahan speaks on Jackson and Hightower

Mike Shanahan speaks on Jackson and Hightower

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NFC East: Admitted domestic abuser Josh Brown released by Giants

NFC East: Admitted domestic abuser Josh Brown released by Giants

Kicker Josh Brown was released by the New York Giants on Tuesday afternoon, the team announced.

Brown, a 2015 Pro-Bowler, did not make the trip to London for the Giants' 17-10 win over the Rams in Week 7 after new information regarding his domestic abuse history was brought to light.

Brown had admitted in the past to abusing his then-wife Molly Brown. After new information from the King County (WA) police department was made public, the Giants decided to leave him in the states, eventually putting him on the Commissioner's Exempt List.


Prior to the team's release of him on Tuesday afternoon, Brown issued a public statement in which he stated he had never struck his wife, via ESPN's Adam Schefter.

I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.

As Brown correctly points out, domestic violence is not limited to strikes. He had admitted in the past to putting his hands on his wife, an action that he repeated on more than one occasion.

The Giants and the NFL had come under great scrutiny for the way the situation was handled.

In advance of their trip to London, several Giants players offered their support to Brown, and team owner John Mara stated last Thursday that Brown had "certainly admitted" to domestic violence, but "what’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”

With the way the NFL handled Ray Rice's highly publicized domestic violence case, the league and commissioner Roger Goodell were the targets of stern and poignant criticism from fans, the media and former players alike.

Brown's NFL career has spanned 14 seasons, the more recent four with the Giants. He spent the first five years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, before spending four seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

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Despite mistakes, Redskins' Gruden has faith in WR Grant

Despite mistakes, Redskins' Gruden has faith in WR Grant

Redskins receiver Ryan Grant played 20 snaps against the Lions on Sunday. He was targeted twice and had one reception for five yards. But people were still talking about him after the game because of a couple of errors he made that could have been very costly.

The worst mistake came in the fourth quarter with the Redskins trailing 13-10. When Grant lined up for the play, he was on the line of scrimmage, covering up Ty Nsekhe, who had reported as an eligible receiver. According to the rules, an eligible receiver has to be line up either at one end of the line or in the backfield. Grant should have lined up off the line of scrimmage. The penalty negated a 27-yard completion to Vernon Davis.

Fortunately, the Redskins did go on to score a touchdown. But it was still a major gaffe for a third-year player.

“Yeah, that was tough when he covered up,” said Jay Gruden. “Nsekhe was in the game and I think he thought Nsekhe was a lineman—he didn’t realize he had reported as a tackle—so he saw the other tight end was off the ball so he got on. That’s a mistake that obviously is frustrating and we can’t have, but I can see where that could’ve messed him up a little bit. The referee was trying to get him back and he just didn’t see it.”

That’s the thing. The referee will tell you if you’re lined up properly or if you need to get off the line. If you’re a part-time player who doesn’t take many practice snaps with the starters you should check with the official 100 percent of the time.

Earlier the Redskins’ previous touchdown drive was almost derailed when Grant missed a hand signal from Kirk Cousins and ran the wrong route, almost causing an interception.

“The other one was a quick hand signal and he didn’t get it,” said Gruden. “It’s just something we have to work on—our communication—the ball was snapped quickly. But, yeah, you’re right. I think Ryan wishes he has those two back.”

It remains to be seen if another receiver will be activated in Grant’s place. But he has always seemed to be one of Gruden’s favorite players and, indeed, the coach finished the discussion of his mistakes by praising him.

“There’s nobody in this building that works harder than Ryan,” said Gruden. “He does a lot of the dirty work for us. He gets in there and digs out safeties for us in the running game. He’s a very important part of this offense and he’ll still get better.”

Sure doesn’t sound like a guy who is headed for the bench. And, to be fair, Grant will probably learn from his mistakes and not repeat them. We will see how this unfolds.

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